The scenery in Namibia is truly spectacular, and this is what most people visit the country for.
The dunes at Sossusvlei are probably the most famous landmark, and the Fish River Canyon in the south is the second largest in the world. The stunning beauty of the Namibrand and Tirasberge features rugged mountain ranges, and grassy plains where to the north there are rocky inselberg formations (Spitzkoppe being the most well known).
To the north the Caprivi/Zambezi region is completely different that the rest of the country, with lush riverine forests and a healthy wildlife population. Etosha National Park is equally impressive for game, and in the dry season the waterholes in this park can yield spectacular game viewing.
Damaraland and Kaokoland offer the opportunity to see the desert adapted elephants and rhinos. Namibia’s coastline is over 1500km long, and the picturesque town of Swakopmund features on many an itinerary. The more remote Skeleton Coast is more suited to guided trips, although the Cape Cross seal colony is easily accessible to the self-drive visitor. For the adventure seeker, Namibia’s coast is a must.
Namibia has lots to offer culturally too – from visits to Himba villages in Kaokoland to interaction with the San in Bushmanland in the east of the country. There are also several ‘living museums’ which give a fascinating insight into local traditions and culture, and many of the campsites in Namibia are run successfully by the local communities.
Accommodation in Namibia is excellent value for money, with many guest houses, game farms and lodges. For those who want a bit of luxury, there are some very fine upmarket lodges in exquisite locations. The country has some beautifully located campsites too, and many of the towns scattered throughout the country have small bistros and cafes – a perfect destination for the self-drive tourist.